Department of Philosophy

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Mark Mercer 

Office Hours: M 11 to 2 pm; W 10 am to 11 am
Room: MN524
Phone: 902-420-5825
Home Page:
Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Teaching: Epistemology; Ethics; Philosophy of Mind; Plato and the Presocratics

Publications: “Why Study Philosophy?”, Philosophy for the Curious: Why Study Philosophy (2015); “The New Old Atheism,” Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review (2011); “In Defence of Believing Wishfully,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy (2010); “The Significance of Christmas for Liberal Multiculturalism,” Christmas: Philosophy for Everyone (2010); “Folk Psychology’s Epistemic Credentials,” Facta Philosophica (2007)

Dr. Robert Ansell

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: M, T,W & R 10 am to 11.30 am 
Room: MN530
Phone: 902-420-5819

Degrees: B.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Glasgow)

Teaching: Human Freedom; Philosophies of Life; Business Ethics

Publications: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Multinational Corporations in the Third World” (co-author: W.L. Archer), University of New Brunswick Law Journal (1998)


Dr. Todd Calder                          

Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Coordinator

Associate Professor
Office Hours: T & TH 3:15-5:30  PM, or by appointment
Room: MN529
Phone: 902-420-5826

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Dalhouse), M.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Western)

Teaching: Ethics; Evil; Sex and Sexuality


Dr. Shelagh Crooks (on sabbatical unitl Dec 31/18)

Office Hours:  
Room: MN526
Phone: 902-420-5824

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Saint Mary’s), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)

Teaching: Argumentation Theory; Philosophical Foundations of Education; David Hume; Critical Thinking; Ethics of Belief

Publications: “Teaching for Inquiry,” Paideia (2010); “Teaching for Argumentative Thought,” Teaching Philosophy (2009)

Dr. Scott Edgar 

Associate Professor
Office Hours: T 5:30 - 6:30; W 4:00 – 5:30; or by appointment. 
Room: MN523
Phone: 902-420-5820

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D. (UPenn)

Teaching: Early Modern Philosophy; Kant; Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Critical Thinking

Publications: “The Limits of Experience and Explanation: F.A. Lange and Ernst Mach on Things in Themselves,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2013); “Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and a Cognitive Interpretation of the first Critique,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2010); “Hermann Cohen,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2010); “Logical Empiricism, Politics, and Professionalism,” Science and Education (2009); “Paul Natorp and the Emergence of Anti-Psychologism in the Nineteenth Century,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (2008)

Dr. Carmel Forde 

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: after lecture (5:15pm) and by appointment other days 
Room: MN525
Phone: 902-420-5818

Degrees: B.A. (Hons), M.A., Ph.D (York)

Teaching: The Empiricists; Bioethics; Business Ethics; Ethics and the Law; Environmental Ethics; Political Philosophy; Critical Thinking. 

Research: Developmental change; learning; philosophical anthropology; critical psychology; development of consciousness and self-consciousness in ontogeny; philosophy of nature; labour and union issues


Dr. Lisa Gannett (on leave until August 31, 2018)

Office Hours: F 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Room: MN522
Home Page: Lisa Gannett

Degrees: B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Western)

Teaching: Scientific Method; Science and Society; Philosophical Issues in Feminism; Environmental Ethics; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Biology; Feminist Philosophy


Dr. Peter Heron

Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (McGill), M.A. (Brock), Ph.D. (Ottawa)
Office Hours:T & R, 11:15am-12noon (or by appointment)
Room: MN520
Phone: 902-420-5818

Teaching:  Theory of Knowledge; Early Greek Philosophy: Pre-Socratics and Plato; 19th c. Existentialism, 20th c. Existentialism; Ethics for Modern Life; Ethics and the Law; Contemporary Political Philosophy; Critical Thinking; Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophical interests: Existential metaphysics and phenomenology; philosophical aesthetics; deconstruction; history of philosophy (esp. Greek and German thinking)

Publications: “Fictionality of the Absolute: On truth and lie in the metaphysical and aesthetic sense,” Fiction and Art (Bloomsbury, 2016)



Dr. John E. MacKinnon

Associate Professor
Office Hours: M, W & F 1:30-3:30 p.m., or by appointment
Room: MN532
Phone: 902-420-5821

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (McGill), M.A. (Toronto), M.Phil. (Exeter), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Teaching: Aesthetics; Aristotle and the Hellenists; Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Art; Kant; Philosophy and Literature; Philosophy and Film; Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Language

Publications: “Narrative Rhyme and the Good Life,” Philosophy and Literature (forthcoming). “Frank Sibley,” in Michael Kelley (ed.) Encyclopedia of Aesthetics [Second Edition] (Oxford University Press; 2014); “The Road to Wellnessville,” Philosophy and Literature (October 2013); “Spells of Trauma in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (2010); Review of Douglas Walton’s Abductive Reasoning, Review of Metaphysics (2006); “Risk and Resilience in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2006); “Law and Tenderness in Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader,” Law and Literature (2004); “Crime, Compassion, and The Reader,” Philosophy and Literature (2003); “Aesthetic Supervenience: For and Against,” British Journal of Aesthetics (2001) 

Dr. Sheldon Wein (on leave until July 1, 2018)

Office Hours: MW 12 noon - 3:00 pm
Room: MN531
Phone: 902-420-5797

Degrees: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo) 

Teaching: Ethical Issues in International Development; International Justice; Critical Thinking; Philosophy of Law 

Publications: “Mark my Words: A Vindication of Legal and Moral Argumentation,” Argumentation and Reasoned Action, Volume 2 (2016); “Exploring the Virtues (and Vices) of Zero Tolerance Arguments” and “Further Reflections on Zero Tolerance Arguments,” Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric (2014); “Intolerance and the Zero Tolerance Fallacy,” What do We Know about the World? Rhetorical & Argumentative Perspectives (2013); “Canadian Research on Justice,” Academic Foresights (2012); “The Business of Sport: Ethical and Constructivist Musings,” Revista Portuguesa de Ciencias do Desporto (2012); “David Hume and the Empiricist Theory of Law,” Hume and Law (2012) 

Professor Emeritus 
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 Dr. Wayne Grennan

Degrees: B.Eng. (NSTC), B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Dalhousie), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Publications: Informal Logic: Issues and Techniques (1997); Argument Evaluation (1984)



Department Secretary

Kathleen Jewell

Phone: 902-420-5823
Fax: 902-491-6286
Room: MN508

Office Hours:

September 1 to May 30 - Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

June 1 to August 31: Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm


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